I Kinda Feel Like Simply Vera Vera Wang Smooth Shine Lip Gloss Is Playing Tricks on Me

Published in: Lips, Makeup, Product Reviews, Vera Wang

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Wearing Simply Vera Vera Wang Smooth Shine Lip Gloss in 806

I’m all smiles now, but I wasn’t the first time I brushed Smooth Shine Lip Gloss in 806 on my lips. A pale golden pink, it’s one of six $18.50 Simply Vera Vera Wang Smooth Shine Lip Glosses.

At first swipe, I looked more like this…

simply vera vera wang smooth shine lip gloss

I saw a sheer golden glow, a soft shine, and thought, “Cool!” But my smile quickly soured. Truth be told, this gloss turned out to be tricky.

Finding the perfect amount to apply is like divining water. A tad too much, and it looks milky, patchy and uneven.

I like it best when I apply it using a very specific method — using a tiny amount, just barely enough to cover my lips, which I then carefully blot.

Oh, and the consistency? Thick. Really thick. Almost too thick, and while it doesn’t feel sticky when I press my lips together, it’s still weirdly a magnet for fur.

Tabs was not impressed…

Vera does include some nice flourishes, like the honeysuckle scent and vanilla flavor, and the paddle-shaped applicator, which really gets into the corners of my lips and works great for shaping the point above my cupid’s bow.

It also holds up pretty well for a gloss, lasting on my lips for about three hours.

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Smooth Shine Lip Gloss in 806, $18.50

simply vera vera wang cosmetics swatches
Swatches from the left: Transforming Shadow Duo in 402, Transforming Shadow Duo in 404, Illuminating Powder Blush in 315, Smoothing Lipcolors in 702, Smoothing Lipcolors in 709 and Smooth Shine Lip Gloss in 806

Are the pluses enough to outweigh the price? Hmm… $18.50 seems like a lot, especially with the tricky application.

At least for now, I think I’ll stick to Vera’s lipsticks.

PRICE: $18.50 each
AVAILABILITY: Available now at Kohl’s stores and kohls.com
MAKEUP AND BEAUTY BLOG RATING: C+

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,

Karen

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  1. Jenn Staz says:

    Yuck! I know exactly what type of gloss you’re talking about, with not knowing the right amount to apply. Considering everything, I think you were being generous giving it a C+. The shadows and the blush swatches look fantastic, though!
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  2. Its a pretty shade, too bad the formula doesn’t apply well. I loved the lipsticks!
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  3. What a pity! It’s a pretty shade, but I was really expecting it to be something sheer and low-maintenance, not a sticky mess!
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  4. Wendy says:

    Karen,

    I don’t know what you’re doing different: if it’s the lightening, foundation change, or what?? Maternity glow???? But, you look amazing these days!!! Not just in these pictures. I’ve noticed a difference for a couple of weeks.

  5. That’s too bad–I’m not the biggest fan of super-sticky glosses. I like to wear my hair down about 99% of the time and sticky gloss is NOT my friend. Will probably pass on these, but I’m way curious about the shadows and blush
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  6. Lindsay says:

    What foundation are you using here? It looks amazing on you! It gives you a really flawless healthy youthful glow. Love it! Tell me your secret! :)

  7. Nina says:

    Oooohhh im sad that youre sad about this lipgloss. :-/

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